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Application Submission

Charter school applications are due to the sponsor (school district) by February 1 of each calendar year for charter schools to be opened at the beginning of the school district's next school year, or to be opened at a time agreed to by the applicant and the sponsor. We recommend contacting the school district for specific application requirements.

In addition, section 1002.33(6), F.S., requires charter school applicants to submit an application on a model application form developed by the Department. The sponsor must then review the application using the evaluation instrument also developed by the Department. If approved, the sponsor will present a contract for negotiation using the model contract format.

View the Model Florida Charter School Application, Standard Model Charter School Application Evaluation Instrument, and Florida Standard Charter Contract.

Appeals

Section 1002.33(6)(c), F.S., provides that a charter school applicant may appeal any denial of that applicant's application or failure to act on an application to the State Board of Education no later than 30 calendar days after receipt of the sponsor's decision or failure to act and shall notify the sponsor of its appeal. For more information, please visit our Charter School Appeal page.

Approved Applicant Training

Section 1002.33(6)(f)2., F.S., requires a charter school applicant to participate in the training provided by the Department of Education after approval of an application but at least 30 calendar days before the first day of classes at the charter school. The training must include instruction in accurate financial planning and good business practices. If the applicant is a management company or a nonprofit organization, the charter school principal and the chief financial officer or his or her equivalent must also participate in the training. A sponsor may not require a high-performing charter school or high-performing charter school system applicant to participate in the training described in this subparagraph more than once.

The 2018 Approved Applicant Trainings for charter schools approved or pending approval to begin classes in fall 2018 were held in May 2018. The 2019 Approved Applicant Training dates will be announced in spring 2019.

2018 Training Presentations:

Please contact charterschools@fldoe.org if you have any questions.